Is There a Surgeon in the House? The World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding its training of health care workers in low- and middle-income countries to be able to perform basic surgical operations that will save lives and prevent disabilities.
New Report Shows Drop in HIV Among Inmates The number of HIV/AIDS cases in state and federal prisons dropped in 2005 from the previous year, making it the sixth consecutive year that the number has fallen, according to a report by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
HCV Screenings Could Be a Lifesaver New research published in this month’s Journal of Viral Hepatitis reveals that people living with HIV have an increased risk of death if they are not tested for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
HIV Custody Battle in India Last week, a lower court judge in Jaipur, India, ruled that an HIV-positive mother was unfit to care for her daughter because of her HIV status.
September 27, 2007
DEA Raids Sacramento Pot Plant Amid protests from medical marijuana patients and supporters, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, California, yesterday, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Tackling AIDS in the South The National AIDS Fund (NAF) announced today plans to provide grants and assistance to organizations in nine Southern U.S. states in order to aid them in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region.
HIV-contaminated Condoms? The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique, Archbishop Francisco Chimoio, claims that some European-made condoms—in addition to some antiretroviral drugs—are deliberately contaminated with HIV “in order to finish quickly the African people.”
Kaposi’s Sarcoma Returns in San Francisco Doctors in San Francisco are seeing the reappearance of Kaposi’s sarcoma—a once-common AIDS-related condition that afflicted roughly one third of patients—among a handful of longtime HIV patients.
CDC Supports Early Detection in African Americans
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $35 million in funding to state and local health departments in order to support HIV testing and increase early detection of the virus in disproportionately affected populations, especially African-American communities.
September 26, 2007
Putting HIV in the Spam Folder
A Microsoft researcher is using his expertise in creating computer spam-blocking software to analyze HIV, identify infected cells and track viral mutations, reports BusinessWeek.
The State of AIDS in Black America The Black AIDS institute has released a report today on the state of AIDS in Black America and what communities are doing to quell the epidemic.
UN Asks for Dollars and Sense The United Nations said yesterday that funding to fight the global AIDS epidemic must be quadrupled to 42 billion dollars over the next three years, claiming that this year’s expected budget—$10 billion—will not be sufficient in providing “universal care” to all people living with the virus by 2010.
September 25, 2007
Rallying for Housing in NYC
Hundreds of advocates, activists and people living with HIV/AIDS convened on the steps of New York’s City Hall today to rally for the passage of the HASA for All Act, which, if passed, would extend housing benefits to homeless or low-income New Yorkers living with the virus whether they are symptomatic or not.
Named-based Reporting Doesn’t Deter Testing New Yorkers living “high-risk” lifestyles for HIV are still willing to be tested for HIV after the state enacted a law that requires the names of people who test positive to be reported to the state.
High HIV Rates for Nigerian Women and Babies Approximately 70 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in Borno State, a northeastern state in Nigeria, are women and infants, according to Borno’s governor, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Uganda to Produce Generic Antiretrovirals Next month, Uganda will begin manufacturing generic versions of antiretroviral drugs in order to make them more affordable and accessible to people living with HIV in the country.
September 24, 2007
Rocket Man on Refueling the AIDS Fight In a statement published in The Guardian, singer and AIDS activist Sir Elton John urges UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to honor his and other leaders’ promise to triple contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Senator Edwards’ Plan to Fight HIV/AIDS Earlier today (September 24), former Senator and current Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards issued a policy paper calling for the formulation of a national strategy to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic both worldwide and in the U.S.—targeting the spread of the disease among Latino and African-American communities.
South Carolina ADAP Wait List Cleared After a year of support and rallying from members of the AIDS community across the country, South Carolinians living with HIV have received some good news: The wait list for drugs from the federal AIDS Drug Assistance program (ADAP), which had grown to 567 people in April, has finally been cleared.
Religion’s Stance on Prevention in Nigeria
Nigerian religious organizations’ inability to accept family planning—such as the use of condoms—is fueling the spread of HIV, says Beatrice Nwibechukwu, the South East regional director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria.
Restructuring Boston’s AIDS Funds
Federal HIV/AIDS funds in Boston need to be restructured to more evenly cover a variety of health services, officials from the Boston Eligible Metropolitan Area HIV Service Planning Council said on Thursday.
Two HIV Vaccine Trials Canceled; Hope Continues Two international HIV vaccine trials have been discontinued today due after an interim analysis this week indicated that the vaccine candidate was not effective in preventing transmission of the virus or in lowering the viral load of those infected.
September 20, 2007
Alley Gator Blues Oscar Omar Zabala, the Miami man arrested earlier this month in Florida’s Alligator Alley while trying to smuggle $1 million worth of prescription HIV drugs to Argentina, had his $750,000 bond reduced by $50,000 yesterday by Collier Circuit judge Fred Hardt.
MySpace for Activists?
MTV’s newly launched online community, billing itself as “social networking with a social conscience,” is set to have an activist edge, allowing users to connect and rally around causes such as climate change and HIV/AIDS.
‘Father Figure’ Avoiding an HIV Test? Pop celebrity George Michael has reportedly asked that an interview he gave to British television personality Stephen Fry about his fears of testing HIV positive not be broadcast on the BBC.
When Normal Isn't Normal In a discovery that could mean progress for HIV/AIDS research, a group of experts in Africa have determined that “healthy” levels of various blood components differ between people in some African countries and people in North America and Europe.
September 19, 2007
China’s Political and Medical Disconnect
As HIV infection rates continue to rise across China—18,543 new cases were reported during the first six months of this year—not all parts of the country are responding equally to the national government’s call for awareness, testing and treatment.
More Free Meds for Africa
The African countries of Nigeria and Malawi have both stepped up their commitments to provide free antiretroviral meds to their citizens.
Florida’s Medicare Mess
In the latter half of 2006, Medicare beneficiaries living with HIV/AIDS in South Florida filed, on average, nine times more Medicare claims than did those in the rest of the United States.
Can Antiretroviral Drugs Be Used for Prevention?
Providing HIV-negative people in sub-Saharan Africa with an antiretroviral drug to protect them against HIV infection could prevent 3 million new cases of HIV over a 10-year period, according to findings from a new study reported in PLoS One, a journal of the Public Library of Science.
September 18, 2007
Farmers at Risk in West Africa While urban regions of West Africa have had success providing HIV/AIDS prevention messages and testing, rural areas have been largely ignored by such efforts.
Getting Creative With Condoms Colorado ASOs, reproductive rights groups and family planning centers are finding new and fun ways to introduce condoms to local Latina youth, including distributing condom lollipops, earrings and even keychain holders.
Stigma Blocks Prevention Efforts in Uganda Some HIV-positive people in Uganda’s Masindi District are turning down health kits containing antiretroviral treatment, condoms and other materials related to HIV/AIDS because of the stigma associated with the virus, said an official at one of the country’s leading AIDS service organizations.
UN Food Assistance Doubles in Malawi The United Nations World Food Program [WFP] announced on Monday that it will almost double the amount of food assistance given to HIV-positive people in Malawi, thanks to a donation from the country’s government.
September 17, 2007
Another Accidental Infection Dozens of babies and children have been accidentally infected with HIV in South African public hospitals, reportedly due to poor sterilization procedures, possible use of HIV-infected breast milk and re-use of syringes.
Transplant Transformation Organ-transplantation is an increasingly feasible option for people living with HIV, thanks to improved antiretroviral therapy and methods to combat opportunistic infections.
Calling All Presidential Candidates
More than 100 HIV/AIDS and community organizations across the country are calling on the next president of the United States to develop a national AIDS strategy to effectively fight the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.
September 14, 2007
Pastors Tackle Black AIDS Epidemic
Pastors in Syracuse, New York, will gather tonight to participate in a seminar about how the church can help battle the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community.
Blood Banks Closed in Peru All of Peru’s 240 blood banks have been closed after at least four people were infected with HIV through blood transfusions from the same public hospital.
Better Blood Buying in China China will begin administering compulsory tests on each new batch of blood products starting on January 1 of next year, following widespread criticism for distributing untested blood donations, fueling the spread of HIV from subsequent blood transfusions throughout the country.
Child Deaths Are Down, Says UNICEF The mortality rate for children under the age of 5 worldwide has been cut by nearly a quarter since 1990, according to UNICEF, thanks to improved efforts to combat pneumonia, premature births and birth defects, diarrhea, malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS.
September 13, 2007
No Proof for Papua New Guinea Burials An investigation by the AIDS Committee of Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands has found no support for claims last month that HIV-positive people were being buried alive by family members who could no longer take care of them.
Debunking MSM Promiscuity Theories In two recent studies, the majority of gay men had similar numbers of unprotected sexual encounters as straight men and women, countering theories that the main reason that gay men have higher infection rates than straight people is a drastic difference in sexual behavior.
Trojan Man to the Rescue Following a months-long condom crisis in Washington, DC—where concerns were raised about hundreds of thousands of condoms circulated by the Health Department being packaged poorly and suspiciously— Trojan has stepped in to donate 350,000 brand-named condoms to inspire confidence in the city’s effort to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Ending Labor Pains in California After passing in the California state senate last month, Californian women can now safely conceive with an HIV-positive partner, thanks to a bill signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, which allows for sperm-washing procedures to be utilized in the state.
September 12, 2007
More Prevention Needed for Young MSM
New HIV diagnoses among young men (under the age of 30) who have sex with men in New York City have increased by 33 percent in the last six years, according to data released September 10 by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
South Africa AIDS “Grandpa” Dies A man known as South Africa’s “grandfather” of AIDS, Rueben Sher, died Monday after post-surgery complications, reports Health-e/AllAfrica.com.
HIV Care? $1,500 Please A renowned HIV specialist in Houston has given his 1,500 patients a proposition: pay $1,500 within two months, or look for another doctor. This sudden price hike has shocked—and outraged—some of his patients.
Not Just Chaos Theory Researchers at UCLA have found that people living with HIV do not receive the best possible medical care when their lives are disorganized, characterized by lacking a set routine from week to week and having difficulty in keeping a schedule.
New Hope for African Refugees As part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, the United States has pledged more than $980,000 to support HIV/AIDS programs in Ethiopian refugee camps.
Condoms in Public Bathrooms A Ugandan mayor has called on politicians and community counselors to put condoms in public restrooms in order to stop the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Dame Anita Roddick Dies
The founder of cruelty-free cosmetics firm Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, who was also responsible for setting up the London AIDS charity Body and Soul, died Monday in a hospital in Chichester, England.
Indian Filmmakers Tackle AIDS In New Project Nearly a dozen of India’s top directors have put together an 80-minute film, AIDS JaaGo, to raise the country’s AIDS awareness and to generate hope for those who already have the virus.
Money Changes Everything A person’s socioeconomic status may especially affect the progress of antiretroviral treatment during initial therapy for HIV-1 infection, suggests a recent study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
AIDS Housing Crisis in Chicago The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has launched a campaign for an increase in housing aid for people living with HIV/AIDS in the city.
September 07, 2007
Seven More Positive Tots in Kyrgyzstan
Following an HIV outbreak in June, the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan commenced a wide spread testing initiative. Today, seven children and two adults were diagnosed with HIV, bringing the total number of people infected through negligent medical procedures to 22.
A Plasma Predicament Despite the best efforts of AIDS activist Dr. Gao Yaojie, who discovered that hundreds of thousands of farmers in the central Henan province of China had contracted HIV in the 1990s when they sold blood to unsanitary, often state-run health clinics, China’s blood supply remains unsafe.
HIV and STIs on the Rise for Chinese MSM There was a significant increase in the rates of STIs and HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China between 2004 and 2006. according to recent surveys of MSM in Beijing.
September 06, 2007
The Head of UNAIDS Challenges Asian Leaders Peter Piot, head of the U.N. AIDS Agency UNAIDS, spoke to leaders of several Asian nations at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, today requesting that they step up their reaction to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Stopping HIV from Truckin’ in Zimbabwe Those long and lonely journeys on the open road make Zimbabwe’s truckers susceptible to HIV—especially when they are offered sex for money several times a night.
Invisible Proof for Invisible Condom The Federal Court of Australia declared yesterday that Citrofresh International (an organic antibacterial product company) and one of their former employees, Ravi Narain, misled investors about the efficacy of their products.
Not Your Ordinary Drug Bust Florida police arrested two men on Wednesday after pulling over a speeding bus on a highway known as “Alligator Alley” and finding $126,000 in U.S. cash and more than $1 million worth of prescription HIV drugs in their stowed luggage.
September 05, 2007
Mass. Testing Concerns Health officials in Massachusetts are resisting the national momentum toward routine HIV testing, recommended last fall by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Unsafe Sex in the Capital? Thousands of condoms manufactured in China and distributed in DC by the District have been returned to the health department due to their flimsy paper packaging, The Washington Post reports.
Libya Releases Nurses; Bulgaria Releases Debt Bulgaria signed an agreement Monday to transfer Libya’s $56.6 million debt over to a relief fund for the more than 400 Libyan children infected with HIV by six Bulgarian medical workers.
September 04, 2007
White Out in Atlanta The federal Human Resources Services Administration has proposed cuts to Atlanta’s Minority AIDS Initiative budget of the Ryan White Program, which could mean a loss of nearly $1.7 million for 2008 and 2009 budgets.
Responding to Resistance Issues While a half million Africans living with HIV have access to antiretroviral medication, health officials remain wary that long-term users of the meds may develop a resistance to them.
Not Enough Meds in PNG The AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea could one day mirror that of African countries, according to the United Nations.
From Mother to Child
The risk of HIV transmission from mother-to-child may be heightened in some developing countries because of difficulties some mothers have in adhering to infant feeding guidelines, according to research published in the journal AIDS.
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